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Air show impact on local economy

Air show impact on local economy

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Despite chances for scattered thunderstorms on Saturday, Ocean City is gearing up and getting excited for their big weekend - the 10th anniversary of the Ocean City Air Show.

For businesses and restaurants it's just the beginning of the weekend's surge of profits.

Somer Feeheley, a waitress at The Dough Roller, has worked there for nine years.  She has seen how the show impacts business in the resort town, especially since moving to a full-weekend schedule.

"I think a lot of people come down for the entire weekend and they actually do more than just the air show, they come down walk the boardwalk, watch all the planes and then go check out everything else in Ocean City."

For its tenth anniversary show, Ocean City is bringing back the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Jessica Waters, the head of Ccean City Communication, says the event brings in about 250-300,000 spectators.  In terms of dollars and cents, Waters says the town doesn't have a figure for the impact.

"It puts people in hotel rooms, it has people out on the boardwalk, spending money in the restaurants, but I think perhaps the biggest impact it has is the memories it creates for families that keep coming back year after year because it truly is one of the best events we offer in Ocean City each year."

Waters and Feeheley both say they hear stories of families who have come to Ocean City for this weekend, and now have make it a yearly getaway centered around the big events.

"A lot of people say they come every year they stay at the same hotel, they come down for the same experience.  I love people that say they come down, eat at The Dough Roller, you know, come check out the planes, watch everything that's going on and it's just great to have people coming back every year," said Feeheley.


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